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Twins offer Michael Cuddyer two-year, $16 million extension

Aug 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Various contending teams called Minnesota about Michael Cuddyer prior to the trade deadline, but the Twins turned down all advances and made it pretty clear that they want to re-sign the 32-year-old impending free agent.

And according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune their attempt to keep Cuddyer in Minnesota began with a two-year, $16 million extension offer.

Christensen reports that “the conversations went no further” with Cuddyer “preferring to hold those negotiations in the offseason.”

And he’s smart to do so. Committing to Cuddyer for much more than two years and $16 million would be a big risk for the Twins, but he’s earning $10.5 million this season and there’s no reason for him to accept a pay cut before at least seeing what the open market is like.

Cuddyer is having arguably his best season, making the All-Star team for the first time and hitting .301 with 18 homers and an .865 OPS in 105 games while seeing action at first base, second base, and his usual right field. It’s hard to imagine him not being able to get $16 million as a free agent and considering the Twins’ unabashed love of Cuddyer it’s also hard to imagine them not increasing the offer if other teams are involved.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Am I missing something here. The guy is currently making $10M plus this season and a team in an attempt to keep him offers him a 2 year deal for $16M total. The guy’s having a very good year by any measure. Even if he just went to arbitration after the end of the year he’d probably make $14M for 1 season. What in the world were the Twins thinking. God they gave Pavano a 2 year $16M deal. I don’t think the Twins could have insulted him any more if they smacked him in the face with a glove and challenged him to a duel.

  2. Detroit Michael - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    It would be great if the Twins offered Cuddyer arbitration, let him go, and collected the draft pick.

    Signing a long-term contract for a guy who has been merely an average player (once his fielding is factored in) but his now having a career year at age 32 doesn’t sound like a good investment. The Twins have to pick and choose where they invest better than that. The Twins have been pretty good about holding on to their stars, but they also have to “know when to fold ‘em.” Outside of 2011, Cuddyer hasn’t been a star.

  3. nikesparq - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    The Twins will have some TOUGH decisions coming soon.

    The outfield is simply too stacked with SPAN, YOUNG, KUBEL, and CUDDYER, and with Revere upcoming. Cuddyer has shown he is versatile and willing to help the team no matter what.

    The Minnesota Twins and Cuddy have a mutual appreciation for each other so I would not be that surprised for Cuddy to take a slight pay cut to stay.

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